Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
Three Academic Top Five winners and the Outstanding Academic Team came from the track/cross country program.
Athletics and academics were celebrated in Gopher Athletics
The Golden Gophers will look to increase their scoring total from last year.
Career Highlights:2010 NCAA Preliminary competitor in the 1,500m and finished with a personal best time of 4:28.62.
2013 Season - Indoor: Competed in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships posted her season-best 800m time of 2:15.18 at the Meyo Invitational best mile time of 4:57.63 came at the Iowa State Classic ran the 3,000m at the Bison Classic (10:20.58) led off a distance medley relay team at the Meyo Invitational. Outdoor: Finished eighth in the 1,500 meters with a season-best time of 4:43.89 at the Meet of the Unsaintly Academic All-Big Ten with a 4.0 GPA.
2012 Season - Indoor: Led off the distance medley relay at the Big Ten Championships also competed in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships, running 2:12.13 in the preliminary round ran the mile in 4:59.70 to place eighth at the Jack Johnson Classic took fourth in the 1,000m at the Meyo Invitational (2:51.57) won the 1,200m (3:38.83) at the Northwest Open. Outdoor: Ran a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:27.82 in prelims at the Big Ten Championships that time was the fastest by a Gopher this season finished 11th in the finals won the 800m at the Aztec Invitational (2:11.75) fourth in the 800m at the Bulldog Invitational also ran the 1,500m at the Arkansas Invitational (seventh) and Aztec Invitational (11th) Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season Outdoor:competed at the Mt. SAC Open in the 1,500 meters and finished with a time of 4:31.53 ran to a fourth place finish (4:39.19) at the Bulls invitational.
2010 Season - Indoor:Competed in four meets placed eighth in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best time of 2:10.80 ran the mile in 5:02.75 at the Jack Johnson Classic.Outdoor:NCAA Preliminary competitor in the 1,500 meters ran a time of 4:33.61 in the NCAA First Round clocked a season-best time of 4:28.62 in Big Ten prelim placed second in the event in the Musco Twilight competed in seven meets top time in 800 meters was 2:11.51 at Tommie Twilight meet ran on school-record sprint medley relay (3:54.99) at the Drake Relays Academic All-Big Ten honoree varsity letterwinner.
2009 Season:Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School:A 2008 graduate of Mukwonago High School high school coaches were Mike Furlong and Craig Huelsman three-time all-state performer on the track ran the anchor leg for the 2008 Wisconsin Division 1 champion 4x800-meter relay placed third in 800 meters at state in 2007 with a school-record time of 2:14.25 finished eighth as a senior three-time Classic 8 Conference champion in the 800 meters all-conference selection in cross country as a junior and senior lettered four times in track, twice in both cross country and tennis a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal:Born March 5, 1990 majoring in Biology, Society & Environment and Genetics Cell Biology & Development daughter of Wolfgang and Carolyn Ritter has an older sister, Megan, and a younger brother, Steven enjoys baking and playing the piano.
|800m, Indoor||2:10.80||Big Ten (2/28/10)|
|800m, Outdoor||2:11.51||Tommie Twilight (5/5/10)|
|1,500m, Outdoor||4:27.82||Big Ten (5/12/12)|
|Mile, Indoor||4:55.12||ISU Classic (2/10/12)|
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